Chicago's 'Bean' -- Made in America

Posted by LDonia on 09/09/2013

When we at the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) started thinking of manufacturing facts to share this month, we especially wanted to learn the stories about recognizable landmarks in the United States.

Today's fact comes to us from Chicago, Illinois and deals with the often-photographed "bean."

The structure, comprised of 168 metal plates, stands at 66 feet long by 33 feet high, with a 12 foot arch. The designer of the public art installation created it to look like liquid mercury.

Learn more about the Cloud Gate/Chicago's bean.

Image by flickr user Wright Way Photography, used following Creative Commons guidelines.

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